In the waning seconds of their second consecutive loss against Tom Brady and his New England Patriots by a score of 30-23, the Atlanta Falcons realized they were experiencing a nightmare as they are hanging on by a thread in what was supposed to be a Super Bowl contention type of year.
With both teams dealing with multiple injuries to crucial players, Brady and his minutemen found a way to grind out a win, while Matt Ryan and the Falcons deal with yet another heart-breaking loss after a ferocious comeback attempt that ended up with disbelief.
Falling to a 1-3 record not only puts the Falcons in danger of not defending their crown as the NFC South champions, but it pushes the team on the edge in trying to secure a Wild Card position if they continue to be an inconsistent team. Only four games into the regular season, the Falcons have already displayed their Jekyll & Hyde personalities that has them barely alive.
In the first half of each of their first three games, the Falcons proved that they are an explosive offense with the ability to strike in the blink of an eye. Against the New Orleans Saints, St. Louis Rams and the Miami Dolphins, the Falcons went into blitzkrieg mode as they lead early on in each of those games.
Instead of finishing off their opponents however, they allowed every single team to mount a come back that led to two losses and an unimpressive victory.
Despite the Falcons heading into the game with a 1-2 record, they were given a golden opportunity to get back on track against an unbeaten Patriots team that seemed to be handicapped offensively as they were without their top three receivers.
Instead of the Falcons seizing their moment on prime time television and electrifying the Georgia Dome, they allowed the Minutemen to shoot down the Falcons in a humiliating fashion for the most part of the game and made the Georgia Dome into a “Ghost Dome” by the end of the third quarter.
At the end of the game, the Patriots’ unknown and unproven wide receivers made more plays than the highly-praised, Pro Bowl Falcons receivers that included Julio Jones and Roddy White, with exception to the 17-year veteran Tony Gonzalez that was the Falcons’ only difference-maker on offense.
While the Falcons have plenty of time to regroup and rebound from a tough loss at home, they are without a doubt one of the most disappointing teams so far. They are indeed hanging on by a thread that is bound to rip at any given moment unless the Falcons start playing up to their potential.